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The Best Small Business Resources: Collaboration and Communication Tools

Collaboration Tools

In this series about the best small business resources, we will share how the great tools of today make it easier to grow your business and stay productive, organized and efficient. Check out this list of 4 collaboration and communication tools for small businesses.

Collaboration and Communication Tools


What it does: You’ve heard of Skype before; it’s an online service that lets you call people, all over the world, from your computer for free or cheap per-minute prices. But did you know that Skype offers some special features for small businesses? With Skype for Business, you can get special collaboration functions like group video chats, Skype Account Managers, and money-saving deals on Skype credits to make those low-priced international calls even cheaper.

Cost: Many Skype calls are free, but the total cost depends on which countries you call.

Google Hangouts on Air

What it does: Google Hangouts on Air is a special collaboration and broadcasting feature that is part of Google Hangouts. In addition to hosting group video chats, Google Hangouts On Air enables you to broadcast your conversation live online. This can be a great tool for sharing public announcements, employee meetings, virtual customer meetups, seminars, or any other live video communication that you want to share with the world.

Cost: Google Hangouts are free!


What it does: Basecamp is a web-based project management platform that more than 285,000 companies use to get things done quickly and efficiently. The Basecamp software includes tools and features for le sharing, communication, collaboration, and task management. Basecamp gives your team a secure online “home base” to use for tackling any project of any size.

Cost: Basecamp offers a free 60-day trial. After the trial, price packages start at $20 per month depending on how many projects you want to manage and how much storage space you need.


What it does: Trello is a project management and organization tool that businesses can use to organize, manage, and complete projects. Trello gives you an overall view of the project and has flexible features that simplify organizing work assignments and setting deadlines. The types of projects that Trello is good for include: web development, design, programming, recruiting, SEO, client management, and online content creation (this eBook was created using Trello).

Cost: Trello is free.


Even though we have come a long way since the pre-Internet era, some things related to running a small business have not changed. Ensuring your company is able to collaborate and communicate effectively is key to ensuring your business continues to remain efficient and profitable.

We have shared 4 collaboration and communication tools to make it quicker and easier for you to accomplish all of your small business objectives. If you are looking for even more resources for your small business, check out this BIG list of small business resources we created and watch your small business thrive.


Kabbage Team

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